The Rays are known for trading pitchers before they become too expensive, to replenish their farm system with close to major league ready players. A few years ago, they traded Matt Garza to the Cubs and received starter Chris Archer, outfielder Brandon Guyer, outfielder Sam Fuld, shortstop Hak-Ju Lee and catcher Robinson Chirinos in return.
Last offseason, they traded James Shields to the Royals for Wil Myers. That trade was steal for the Rays, but Shields had a pretty good 2013 season, so both teams benefitted from the deal in the short term.
The next Rays starter in line to be traded is left-handed ace David Price. Price is won't be a free agent till after the 2015 season, but keeping with tradition, GM Andrew Friedman will probably float his name in trade talks this offseason, with a long list of suitors potentially.
Teams that are in playoff contention who could use Price and have the prospects to deal to make the trade actually happen are the Rangers, Pirates, Cardinals and Cubs.
Jason Hunt wrote this piece on Monday speculating where Rays ace David Price might end up this offseason. Jason discussed the Cardinals and Cubs as possibilities, and now there is this from Peter Gammons on the MLB Network:
- Drew Silva (@drewsilv) October 9, 2013
Wow. That would be one incredible starting rotation should the Dodgers actually trade for Price this offseason. Think about that: Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, David Price and Hyun-Jin Ryu as their top four starters in their rotation.
What would the Dodgers have to give up for Price? Do they have any prospects the Rays would have interest in? I think so.
Would a deal involving Zach Lee, Joc Pederson and Julio Urias be enough to land Price. Would substituting Corey Seager for Pederson get the deal done? The Dodgers haven't had a strong farm systems since the early 2000's when they had Matt Kemp, Chad Billingsley, James Loney, Andy Laroche, Greg Miller, among others, in their farm system. But, their farm system isn't terrible either. They always come up with solid arms, and have a few solid hitting prospects in Seager and Pederson. Pederson is the most likely candidate to be traded as the Dodgers already have four outfielders for three spots in 2014. One will sure be traded, but Pederson is still blocked.
Do the Dodgers have enough quality prospects to land Price?
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